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Ever since Joe started practicing as a Maine lawyer over 40 years ago, he has proudly served some of Maine's poorest populations. It is these Mainers who need our help the most, and that's why Joe is proud to promote the Bayside Anchor, a new complex in Portland that will house hundreds of low-income Mainers.

Portland Housing Authority (PHA) and Avesta Housing were co-developers on this 45-unit, mixed-income, mixed-use Passive House Building located in the heart of the East Bayside neighborhood in Portland. The new building has nine market-rate units and 36 affordable units targeted for individuals and families making between approximately $23,000 and $49,000 annually. Bayside Anchor is a service hub for low-income residents in East Bayside, giving the project its name as a stabilizing ‘anchor’ for the community. The street level is home to a Head Start preschool program and Community Policing and PHA offices. Bayside Anchor is PHA’s first new development in 45 years, and a first step in revitalizing their properties in this neighborhood. These homes, along with the community services Bayside Anchor offers, will further enrich this already vibrant neighborhood.”

Bayside Anchor is the first multifamily building in Portland that will be certified as a Passive House building by the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). Passive House is a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable level of energy efficiency and resident comfort. The cost to operate each unit is predicted to be only $125 annually, and the heating load is estimated to be up to 85% less than if the building had been designed to meet minimum building code requirements. There is no centralized heating system needed in the building because the building is super insulated, airtight, and well ventilated. This design creates healthy, quiet, comfortable, and cost-effective homes for 45 households.

Learn more about Avesta Housing here, Portland Housing Authority here, and Bayside Anchor here.

               Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's photos here and here.